Billy Joel Opens Up About Experience With Heroin

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April 29, 2014 | 3:56am EST

Music icon Billy Joel has opened up about trying heroin, revealing his high from the drug inspired his song Scandinavian Skies.
The Piano Man celebrated his 65th birthday a week early on Monday with a Town Hall event moderated by shock jock Howard Stern and broadcast live on Sirius XM.
During themeeting, Stern inquired about Joel’s past drug use, and the singer confessed he once tried heroin and the result was the track Scandinavian Skies from his 1982 album, The Nylon Curtain.
Joel recalled, “This was back in the late ’70s I think. We were in Amsterdam, and there was all this stuff going on, so I said ‘Let me see what this is like.’
“It got me so high I didn’t know how to deal with it. You just get way out, just go to another place, and you’re into the blues. All you want to hear is the blues. You start drooling, and you get sick.”
The star-studded event also included live performances by Pink, Melissa Etheridge, Boyz II Men, Idina Menzel and Tony Bennett, who sang covers of some of Joel’s greatest hits.